(Caracas, November 7, News24).- Immigration could are a risk factor for the increase in infections due to various infectious diseases, including hepatitis C., a disease that can be prevented and cured if treated in a timely and appropriate manner.
Dr. David Kershenobich today told Efe that the often complicated health conditions of migrants along with other risk factors may affect infectious diseases such as hepatitis C to increase their incidence and prevalence in the places where they arrive. .
Kershenobich, director of the Salvador Zubirán National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition (Incmnsz) He noted that today in the world 71 million people are infected with the hepatitis C virus. However, 90% of them do not know about it.
In Mexico, there are estimated to be around 600,000 people suffering from this disease.
"It is a disease that can be transmitted easily because the player does not know his condition until he develops complications"He said.
Since late October, thousands of Central American migrants – about 11,500 from Honduras and El Salvador – travel through Mexico to reach the United States after abandoning violence and poverty in their countries.
The expert explained that due to it lack of diagnosis at least 25% of infected people develop cirrhosis or liver cancer, for which appropriate detection is necessary given that "it is a preventive and curative disease".
The expert noted that the detection of this disease can be premature because the window of infection is eight days "so that the test can be done at that time and come out positive".
In Mexico, he explained, only 1% of people infected with hepatitis C are treated, It is also important for patients to have access to treatment to avoid complications.
This, he said, could save up to 2.4 million pesos ($ 120,775) per patient per year, as it is estimated that this is the cost each patient represents for the Mexican health system.
He stressed that Mexico could control this disease if control, control, population will generally be achieved "that would help in diagnosis and early treatment".
Dr. Kershenobich explained that the population must be aware of the main risk factors.
"Among these are people born between 1945 and 1965, who had transfusions before 1995, Intravenous drug users, prisoners, HIV patients, hemodialysis patients and diabetes"He said.
He explained that the diabetic group is particularly worrying "as it is a situation that is already an epidemiological state of emergency in Mexico."
However, he claimed that his main responsibility health systems are looking for so-called "hidden patients" and this test should be routine throughout the population.
"Especially in centers of dependency, prisons and that it extends to medical and nursing staff, besides it has to reach the most remote areas of the country," he said.
In the same way, he pointed out the need for detection and information campaigns about this disease "It is a condition that has a treatment rate of 96% and this is only achieved in 12 weeks", he said.
Finally, the director of Incmnsz pointed out that it is necessary to promote a patient register in order to know the frequency and prevalence of this situation and hence be able to create healthcare guidelines and public policies for the overall care of these patients.
Information from EFE